Author Archives: Inês Martins PhD

Antibodies Targeting an Alzheimer’s Gene Effectively Treat Cognitive Impairments in Mice

A new immunotherapy targeting apolipoprotein E4 (apoE4), a genetic variant of apolipoprotein E that increases the risk of early onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD), may be a potential therapeutic approach for a good number of patients with the disease, according to researchers at Tel Aviv University, Israel. Researchers, working with mouse models, found that blocking…

Long-term Moderate Chocolate Consumption Appears to Lower Risk of Cognitive Decline in Older People, Study Reports

Chocolate consumption may protect older people from cognitive decline, possibly preventing the development of Alzheimer’s disease, according to Portuguese researchers at the Institute of Molecular Medicine. However, researchers cautioned this is only true for people who drink an average of less than one espresso per day. The study, “Chocolate…

Alzheimer’s Disease: Zinc Transporters May Shed Light on Molecular Mechanism

Unbalanced, unhealthy zinc levels show in many diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and pancreatic cancer. But lack of information about the molecular structure of zinc transporters hampers the discovery of new drugs to bring zinc to proper levels (homeostasis) with other important elements. Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) have taken a new step toward the development of…